This Day In Music: May 3
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May 3, 2021 ~ R&B singer, songwriter Lloyd Price passed away in New Rochelle, New York, USA ~ Known best for his 1952 recording of Lawdy Miss Clawdy, arranged by Dave Bartholomew and backed by Fats Domino on piano. Other well-known songs include Just Because, Stagger Lee, I'm Gonna Get Married and Personality, the latter earning him the nickname “Mr Personality” ~ Price was born in 1933
 
May 3, 2020 ~ Punk rock, new wave, post-punk keyboardist Dave Greenfield, full name David Paul Greenfield, passed away ~ Longtime member of the Stranglers joining the band within a year of its formation and remaining until his death 45 years later. Wrote Golden Brown, which was first dismissed by the band but would become one of their greatest hits ~ Greenfield was born in 1949
May 3, 2020 ~ Mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for her association with the Metropolitan Opera. Also worked with the Scottish Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Opera De Monte Carlo, the Los Angeles Opera, the New York City Opera, and others ~ Elias was born in 1929
 
May 3, 2019 ~ Guitarist, composer, band leader Mose Se Sengo passed away in Nairobi, Kenya ~ Pioneer of Congolese soukous. Best known for founding and fronting Somo Somo. Has also worked with TPOK Jazz, Lovy du Zaire, and Bana OK ~ Sengo was born in 1945
 
May 3, 2016 ~ Actor, singer Kristian Ealey, full name Kristian John Ealey, passed away in Italy ~ Appeared in an episode of the British sitcom Bread at age 9. Would go on to pursue a career in acting, best known for his role as Matt Musgrove in the Channel 4 soap Brookside. Lead singer, guitarist of Liverpool band Tramp Attack. Subsequently worked with beat, blues-rock singer Edgar Jones. Played the role of Ringo Starr in the TV biopic In His Life (The John Lennon Story) in 2000 ~ Ealey was born in 1977
 
May 3, 2015 ~ Jazz pianist Ben Aronov, full name Benjamin James Aronov, passed away in Aix-en-Provence, France ~ In-demand sideman. Worked with Terry Gibbs, June Christy, Lena Horne, Al Cohn, Benny Goodman, Jim Hall, Morgana King, Lee Konitz, Peggy Lee, Liza Minnelli, George Mraz, Mark Murphy, the National Jazz Ensemble, Ken Peplowski, Tom Pierson, Zoot Sims, Carol Sloane, Warren Vache Jr, and others ~ Aronov was born in 1932
 
May 3, 2012 ~ Bassist Lloyd Brevet passed away in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Co-founded the Skatalites in 1964. Produced two of the band's albums, namely 1975's African Roots and 1976's The Legendary Skatalites ~ Brevett was born in 1931
May 3, 2012 ~ Nenad Saric Brada, commonly known as rock drummer Nenad Saric, passed away in Karlovac, Croatia ~ Best known as drummer of Novi Fosili, which also included his wife singer Sanja Dolezal. Has also worked with Jutarnje Zvijezde and Oliver Dragojevic ~ Brada was born in 1947
 
May 3, 2002 ~ Conductor, pianist, composer Yevgeny Svetlanov, full name Uevgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov, passed away ~ Closely associated with the Bolshoi Theatre. Also worked with the USSR State Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchesta, and others ~ Svetlanov was born in 1928
 
May 3, 2001 ~ Free jazz, hard bop drummer Billy Higgins passed away in Inglewood, California, USA ~ House drummer for Blue Note Records. Played on Ornette Coleman's first records. Freelanced extensively, assumed to have played on over 700 recordings, working with a host of artists such as Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Grant Green, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Paul Horn, Milt Jackson, Jackie McLean, Pat Metheny, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, David Murray, Art Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Mal Waldron, Cedar Walton, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Paul Bley, Sandy Bull, Donald Byrd, Don Cherry, John Coltrane, Stanley Cowell, Ray Drummond, Teddy Edwards, Booker Ervin, Art Farmer, Charlie Haden, Joe Henderson, JJ Johnson, Clifford Jordan, Horace Parlan, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, and many more ~ Higgins was born in 1936
 
May 3, 1997 ~ Singer Sidney Royel Selby III, commonly known as Desiigner, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Best known for his Panda debut single, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2015. Would release his full-length New English debut album the following year
May 3, 1997 ~ Pop-rock group Katrina & the Waves win the 42nd edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Dublin, Ireland ~ Representing the UK Katrina & the Waves win with the song Love Shine A Light written by Kimberley Rew
 
May 3, 1989 ~ Folk, pop, R&B singer, pianist, guitarist, cellist, songwriter Mary Lambert, full name Mary Danielle Lambert, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Described as a mix of Adele, Tori Amos and James Blake. To pop audiences known as featured vocalist on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2012 LGBTQ rights single Same Love, drawing upon her experiences as a lesbian growing in a strict Christian upbringing. Released her full-length Heart On My Sleeve debut album in 2014
 
May 3, 1987 ~ Lolanda Cristina Gigliotti, commonly known as singer, actress Dalida, passed away in Paris, France ~ Won the 1954 Miss Egypt beauty pageant and would go on to pursue a singing career, especially popular in France, selling over 150 millions records ~ Gigliotti was born in 1933
May 3, 1987 ~ Indie rock, folk rock singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, full name Michael Samuel Kiwanuka, born in London, UK ~ Released his 2012 Home Again solo debut album to critical acclaim and commercial success. His first three albums, including 2016's Love & Hate and 2019's Kiwanuka, would all reach top 10 of the UK albums charts
 
May 3, 1986 ~ Singer Sandra Kim wins the 31st edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Bergen, Norway ~ Representing Belgium singer Kim, then only 13 years old, wins with the song J'Aime La Vie written by Jean-Paul Furnélmont, Angelo Crisci and Rosario Marino Atria
 
May 3, 1982 ~ Edgardo Antonio Miranda Beiro, commonly known as reggaeton singer Joey Montana, born in Boquete, Panama ~ Active since the mid-2000s. Known for songs such as La Melodia, Tus Ojos No Me Ven, Hola and Picky
 
May 3, 1981 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Alexander Hawkins born in Oxford, UK ~ Worked with the Convergence Quartet, Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt, Dominic Lash, Decoy, Peter Evans, Louis Moholo, Orphy Robinson, Otto Fischer, Joe McPhee, Steve Noble, Dylan Bates, Tom Skinner, Neil Charles, Laura Jurd, Francois Houle, Nick Malcolm, Mulatu Astatke, Rob Mazurek, and others
May 3, 1981 ~ Joshua Michael Tillman, commonly known as indie rock, indie folk, folk rock singer, guitarist, pianist, percussionist, producer, songwriter Father John Misty born in Rockville, Maryland, USA ~ Active as a solo artist since the early 2000s using both the J Tillman and Father John Misty monnikers. Has collaborated with a host of artists as a collaborator, producer, touring or session musician including the Fleet Foxes, Saxon Shore, Har Mar Superstar, Damien Jurado, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, Post Malone, and others
 
May 3, 1979 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Dylan records Slow Train at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama ~ Self-penned. Produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett. Released as a single featuring Do Right Unto Me Baby (Do Unto Others) on the flipside. Included on the 1979 Slow Train Coming album and critically regarded as the best song of the album, some critics even counting the tune among his all-time best and most certainly most accessible since Hurricane
May 3, 1979 ~ Pop, soul singer, TV personality Danny Foster born in London, UK ~ Selected as founding member of Hear'say in the 2001 TV talent show Popstars alongside Myleene Klass, Kym Marsh, Suzanne Shaw and Noel Sullivan. The band would score a handful of UK top 10 singles, notably Pure & Simple and The Way To Your Love both reaching the No.1 spot in 2001
 
May 3, 1978 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter, film composer Ben Lovett born in Georgia, USA ~ Film composer, known for scoring films such as The Signal, Black Rock, and I Trapped The Devil. As a singer, guitarist released a number of solo albums and collaborated with Hot Water Music's Chris Wollard and indie rock outfit Heavens
May 3, 1978 ~ Jazz alto saxophonist, composer Darius Jones born in Virginia Beach, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Matthew Shipp, the Grass Roots, Little Women, Mike Pride, Gerald Cleaver, the Eric Revis Quartet, the Adam Lane Trio, William Hooker, Sabir Mateen, William Parker, Federico Ughi, and others
May 3, 1978 ~ Jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger Eli Degibri born in Jaffra, Israel ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Goldberg, Ben Street, Jeff Ballard, Kevin Hays, Al Foster, Gary Versace, Obed Calvaire, Ron Carter, Brad Mehldau, Herbie Hancock, and others
May 3, 1978 ~ Indie rock, post-punk, art pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Paul Banks born in Clacton-on-Sea, UK ~ Co-founding member, frontman of Interpol, acclaimed since their eponymous 2002 Interpol EP and frequently compared to Joy Division. Has also recorded as a solo artist, notably the 2009 album Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper using the moniker Julian Plenti
 
May 3, 1977 ~ Country singer, guitarist, banjoist, pianist, songwriter Eric Church, full name Kenneth Eric Church, born in Granite Falls, North Carolina, USA ~ Debuted in 2006 with the Sinners Like Me, spawning the Billboard Country top 20 hits How 'Bout You, Two Pink Lines and Guys Like Me. Other well-known songs include Love Your Love The Most, Hell On The Heart, Drink In My Hand, Springsteen, Give Me Back My Hometown, Record Year, Some Of It, Hell Of A View, and others
 
May 3, 1976 ~ Singer, MC, drummer Bent van Looy born in Belgium ~ Lead singer, founding member, frontman of Das Pop, known for songs such as The Wings, The Game and Never Get Enough. Has also drummed for electronic outfit Soulwax
 
May 3, 1973 ~ Country singer, songwriter Brad Martin born in Greenfield, Ohio, USA ~ Known best for Before I Knew Better, a Billboard Country top 20 hit of his 2002 The Wings Of A Honky-Tonk Angel debut album acclaimed for its neotraditionalist sound ~ Martin passed away in 2022
 
May 3, 1972 ~ Rock guitarist Leslie Harvey, full name Leslie Cameron Harvey, passed away in Swansea, UK ~ Offered a spot in the Animals by Alan Price but declined, preferring to stay with his brother Alex Harvey in the Alex Harvey Soul Band. Member of the short-lived the Blues Council, known for their sole album Baby Don't Look Down before a traffic accident killed two band members effectively ending the band. Member of Cartoone. Co-founding member of Stone The Crows, known for for a number of early 1970s albums ~ Harvey was born in 1944
 
May 3, 1971 ~ Country, country rock, rock & roll singer, guitarist, bassist, banjoist John Hopkins, full name John Driskell Hopkins, born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Zac Brown Band, known for songs such as Toes, Goodbye In Her Eyes and Heavy Is The Head all of which co-written by Hopkins
 
May 3, 1970 ~ Soul jazz keyboardist, organist Robert Walter, full name Robert Shaun Walter VI, born ~ Founding member of the Greyboy Allstars. Also worked with Fred Wesley, Gary Bartz, Skerik, Melvin Sparks, Andy Bey, Reuben Wilson, Harvey Mason, Alec Ounsworth, Anders Osborne, Red Holloway, Chuck Rainey, Phil Upchurch, Mike Clark, Johnny Vidacovich, Mike Gordon, Steve Kimock, 20th Congress, Cochemea Gastelum, Chris Stillwell, Stanton Moore, Dan Prothero, James Singleton, Tim Green, Creedle, Karl Denson, Mike Gordon, Gary Jules, Susan Tedeschi, and others
 
May 3, 1967 ~ Power metal, thrash metal guitarist André Olbrich born in Düsseldorf, West Germany ~ Influenced by Queen, Metallica, Black Sabbath. Best known as lead guitarist of Blind Guardian, which he co-founded with Hansi Kürsch
May 3, 1967 ~ Gospel singer, guitarist, organist, songwriter Shawn McLemore, full name Shawn Lamont McLemore, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for his 1997 Wait On Him debut album which charted on the Billboard Gospel charts. McLemore would continue to record through the 2010s but failed to reach the same level of succes ~ McLemore passed away in 2021
 
May 3, 1965 ~ Drummer, producer Magnus Öström born in Skultuna, Sweden ~ First gained attention working with Esbjörn Svensson in the early 1990s. Has also worked with Bobo Stenson, Lennart Åberg, Palle Danielsson, Nils Landgren, Benny Golson, Mulgrew Miller, Stefon Harris, Nils Landgren, Nicolai Dunger, and others. Has also released a number of solo records, starting with Thread Of Life in 2011
 
May 3, 1963 ~ Pop, pop rock drummer Øystein Paasche born in Norway ~ Member of the Delillos, joining in 1988 replacing Øystein Jevanord. Has also worked with Badegjestene and Randall-Mayers
 
May 3, 1962 ~ Singer, comedian, songwriter Maarten van Roozendaal born in Heiloo, the Netherlands ~ Mainly performed his own songs, yet also a fine interpreter of Cornelis Vreeswijk. Collaborated with Paul de Munnik, Egon Kracht, Wouter Planteijdt, Marcel de Groot, Willem Ennes, Kim Soepnel, and others ~ Van Roozendaal passed away in 2013
 
May 3, 1960 ~ Rock, folk, jazz bassist, singer Alan Thomson born in Glasgow, UK ~ Member of the Arthur Trout Band. Best known for his association with John Martyn, touring with Martyn until his death in 2009. Has worked with Strangeways, Jacquie McShee, Geezer Butler, John Jorgenson, Amos Garrett, Brent Mason, Denny Laine, Rick Wakeman, Pentangle, and others
May 3, 1960 ~ Singer, guitarist Peter Howarth born in Blackpool, UK ~ Lead singer of the Hollies since 2004. Has previously worked as session and touring musician with artists including Cliff Richard and the Who, portrayed Roy Orbison in the Only The Lonely and co-wrote the West End musical Robin Prince Of Sherwood with 10cc-guitarist Rick Fenn
 
May 3, 1953 ~ Rock bassist, guitarist, pianist, singer Bruce Hall, full name Bruce William Hall, born in Champaign, Illinois, USA ~ Member of REO Speedwagon, joining the band in 1977 as replacement for Gregg Philbin and first appearing on the You Can Tune A Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish album. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Back On The Road Again, Let's Be-Bop, Someone Tonight, Hey Wait A Minute, Thru The Window and Accidents Can Happen
May 3, 1953 ~ Drummer, producer Gary Young born in Marmaroneck, New York, USA ~ Original drummer of Pavement, present on the band's first 1992's Slanted And Enchanted debut album and its follow-up Watery Domestic EP later the same year before being fired from the band in 1993. Has released a number of solo albums under the moniker Gary Young's Hospital
May 3, 1953 ~ Film, television composer Stephen Warbeck born in Southampton, UK ~ Well over 2 dozen film scores to his name, including 1998's Shakespeare In Love which won him an Academy Award for Best Original Score
 
May 3, 1952 ~ Pianist, keyboardist Henning Sommerro born in Surnadal, Norway ~ Wrote music for over 140 theater and film productions. Has worked with Erik Bye, Sigmund Groven, Geirr Lystrup, Halvdan Sivertsen, Arve Tellefsen, Palle Mikkelborg, Åge Aleksandersen, Arne Domnerus, Aly Bain, and others
May 3, 1952 ~ Singer, songwriter Keiji Haino born in Chiba, Japan ~ Eclectic singer drawing from rock, improvisation, noise music, psychedelica, minimalism, drone music and other idioms. Actively recording since the late 1970s both as a solo artist and with acts such as Fushitsusha, Vajra, Vajra, Black Stage, the Purple Trap, Knead, Sanhedroin, Lost Aaraaf, and others
 
May 3, 1951 ~ Christopher Charles Geppert, commonly known as pop rock, soft rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Christopher Cross, born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Best known for his Sailing sophomore single and Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) the following year. Both would top the Billboard Hot 100, the latter was used on the Arthur soundtrack and won him an Academy Award for Best Original Song shared with co-composers Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen
May 3, 1951 ~ Greg Taylor, commonly known as blues, rock & roll, pop harmonica player, keyboardist, singer Greg Fingers Taylor, born in Wichita, Kansas, USA ~ Best known for his association with Jimmy Buffett, being a member of Buffett's backing unit the Coral Reefer Band. Also worked with Larry Raspberry, Kim Wilson, Doug Deming, and others
 
May 3, 1950 ~ Jazz pianist Dag Arnesen, full name Dag Syver Arnesen, born in Bergen, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Active since the early 1980s with over a dozen albums to his name. Has worked with Søyr, the Bergen Big Band, Thorgeir Stubø, Knut Riisnæs, Kjell Karlsen, Terje Gewelt, Palle Mikkelborg, and others
May 3, 1950 ~ Folk, folk pop singer, guitarist, Mary Hopkin born in Pontardawe, UK ~ Best known for her 1968 UK No.1 single Those Were The Days. Represented England in the 1970 Eurovision Songfestival with Knock Knock Who's There reaching 2nd place behind Ireland's Dana with All Kinds Of Everythin'. Married to producer Tony Visconti from 1971 to 1981
 
May 3, 1948 ~ Eugenio Zambello, commonly known as singer, teen idol Dino, born in Verona, Italy ~ Member of I Kings. As a solo artist became a teen idol in Italy known for hits such as Eravano Amici and Te Lo Leggo Negli Occhi
 
May 3, 1947 ~ Donald Hanson Marvin Kerr Richards Jr, commonly known as reggae guitarist, singer Junior Marvin born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Best known for his association with Bob Marley through his membership of the Wailers, notably present on the 1977 Bob Marley & The Wailers album. Has also worked with Hanson, Gass, the Keef Hartley Band, Toots & the Maytals, and with Steve Winwood
 
May 3, 1944 ~ Singer Bing Crosby records Like Someone In Love ~ Written by Jimmy van Heusen and Johnny Burke for the 1944 The Belle Of The Yukon film, where it was sung by Dinah Shore. Crosby however would popularize the song, reaching the top 20 on the pop charts, after which it would become a jazz standard recorded by numerous artists including Tommy Dorsey with Bobbie Lou Williams, Art Blakey, Chet Baker, Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Nancy Wilson, Björk, Diana Krall, and others
 
May 3, 1939 ~ Electric blues lap steel guitarist, singer Freddie Roulette, full name Frederick Martin Roulette, born in Evanston, Illinois, USA ~ Member of Daphne Blue. Also worked with Earl Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite, Henry Kaiser, Harvey Mandel, Pinetop Perkins, Carey Bell, Andrew Odom, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Don Sugarcane Harris, Will Bernard, the Holmes Brothers, David Lindley, and others
May 3, 1939 ~ Jazz percussionist Ralf Hubner born in Berlin, Germany ~ Worked with Benny Bailey, Nathan Davis, the Jazz Ensemble des Hessischen Rundfunks, Albert Mangelsdorff, the Frankfurt Jazz Ensemble, Joki Freund, Volker Krieger, Itaru Oki, Michel Pilz, Manfred Schoof, Eberhard Weber, Christof Lauer, and others
 
May 3, 1938 ~ Jerrold Samuels, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer Napoleon XIV, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Known for They're Coming To Take Me Away (Ha Haa), a novlety hit in 1968
 
May 3, 1935 ~ Jazz saxophonist, arranger Cecil Irwin passed away in Des Moines, Iowa, USA ~ Worked with Carroll Dickerson, Erskine Tate, Junie Cobb, Earl Hines, Johnny Dodds, Jabbo Smith, King Oliver, Joe Venuti, and others ~ Irwin was born in 1902
 
May 3, 1934 ~ Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, commonly known as singer Frankie Valli, born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known as frontman of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons since 1960, scoring hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like A Man, Dawn Go Away, Rag Doll, Let's Hang On, Working My Way Back To You, and others
May 3, 1934 ~ Giuseppe Mustacchi, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Georges Moustaki, born in Alexandria, Egypt ~ Revered songwriter, wrote an estimated 300 songs. Artists who have recorded his work include some of France's most popular singers including Edith Piaf (Milord), Françoise Hardy, Yves Montand, Serge Reggiani (Sarah), Brigitte Fontaine, Herbert Pagani, France Gall, Cindy Daniel, Juliette Gréco, Barbara (La Langue Dame Brune), Pia Colombo, Tino Rossi, and others ~ Mustacchi passed away in 2013
 
May 3, 1933 ~ Singer James Brown born in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA ~ Known as “the Godfather of Soul”. Pivotal to developement of funk, soul, hip-hop. First gained attention as lead singer of Famous Flames in the late-1950s with songs such as Please Please Please and Try My. Also known for classics such as Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Part 1), I Got You I Feel Good, It's A Man's Man's Man's World, Cold Sweat, Say It Loud I'm Black And I'm Proud (Part 1), Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine Part 1, Hot Pants and numerous others. Beloved bandleader, collaborator, mentor to many including Bobby Byrd, Lynn Collins, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Clyde Stubblefield, Bootsy Collins, Marva Whitney, and others ~ Brown passed away in 2006
 
May 3, 1930 ~ Jazz trombonist Bob Havens born in Quincy, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his association with Lawrence Welk, backing Welk on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1960 to 1982. Has also worked with Ralph Flanagan, George Girard, Al Hirt, Bob Crosby, Peanuts Hucko, the Great Pacific Jazz Band, and others
 
May 3, 1929 ~ Denise Jeanna Briault, commonly known as singer, actress Denise Lor, was born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as a an actress appearing on the Garry Moore Show, Seven At Eleven, and musical comedies such as Gypsy and Annie. As a singer scored a hit with If I Gave My Heart To You in 1954 ~ Briault passed away in 2015
 
May 3, 1927 ~ Pianist, songwriter Ernest R Ball passed away in Santa Ana, California, USA ~ Best known for co-penning When Irish Eyes Are Smiling with George Graff Jr and Chauncey Olcott, the latter introducing the song in the 1912 musical show Isle O' Dreams. The song would become a standard recorded by numerous artists including Bing Crosby, Connie Francis, Hank Locklin, Frank Zappa, and others ~ Ball was born in 1878
 
May 3, 1926 ~ Jazz bassist Jymie Merritt born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as member of Art Blakey's pivotal unit the Jazz Messengers from 1957 through 1962. Formed and fronted his own ensemble the Forerunners in the early 1960s. Has backed artists such as Bull Moose Jackson, BB King, Chet Baker, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan. Merritt's son Mike Merritt is also a bassist, playing jazz and blues ~ Merritt passed away in 2020
 
May 3, 1921 ~ José Refugio Sánchez Saldaña, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor Cuco Sánchez, born in Altamira, Mexico ~ One of Mexico's most popular singers, songwriters known for songs such as Anillo De Compromiso, Anoche Estuve Llorando, Siempre Hace Frio, No Soy Monedito De Oro, Canno Santo and Gritenme Piedras Del Campo. Had his songs recorded by Pedro Infante, La Panchita, Veronica Loyo, Flor Silvestre, Antonio Aguilar, Dora María, Vikki Carr, Linda Ronstadt, and others ~ Sánchez passed away in 2000
May 3, 1921 ~ Joseph Urick, commonly known as traditional pop singer Joe Ames, born in Malden, Massachusetts, USA ~ Member of family outfit the Ames Brothers, known for a number of 1950s hits including Rag Mop, Sentimental Me, Can Anyone Explain (No No No), Undecided, The Man With The Banjo, The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane and Tammy ~ Urick passed away in 2007
 
May 3, 1920 ~ Pianist John Lewis, full name John Aaron Lewis, was born in LaGrange, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced by Count Basie, Art Tatum, Hank Jones and Oscar Peterson. Leader and sideman. Best known as co-founding member, musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Accompanied Charlie Parker, including on pivotal recordings such as Parker's Mood and Blues For Alice. Backed Miles Davis on The Birth Of The Cool album. Also worked with Kenny Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald, Illinois Jacquet, the American Jazz Orchestra, and others ~ Lewis passed away in 2001
 
May 3, 1919 ~ Singer, songwriter Pete Seeger born in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of the Almanac Singers. Member of pivotal folk outfit the Weavers, known for The Hammer Song and for their 1950 hit recording Goodnight Irene. As a solo artist Seeger would become one of the premier folk singers and prolific songwriters of the 1960s, perhaps best known for penning and first recording Where Have All The Flowers Gone which would be covered by well over 150 artists including Bobby Darin, Eddy Arnold, Johnny Rivers, Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, and Earth Wind & Fire ~ Seeger passed away in 2014
 
May 3, 1910 ~ Fiddler Sigbjørn Bernhoft Osa born in Ulvik, Norway ~ Considered one of Norway's foremost traditional folk musicians. Recorded over 350 traditionals from the late 1940s through the late 1970s ~ Osa passed away in 1990
 
May 3, 1903 ~ Harry Lillis Crosby Jr, commonly known as singer, actor, songwriter Bing Crosby, born in Tacoma, Washington, USA ~ Popular from the 1930s well through the 1950s. Over 70 films, over 1,600 songs. Influential on wide array of artists from Frank Sinatra to John Lennon. Noted for his vocal phrasing. Worked with the Rhythm Boys, Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Hoagy Carmichael, Gus Arnheim. Known for songs such as I Found A Million Dollar Baby In A Five And Ten Cent Store, At Your Command, White Christmas, Swinging On A Star, Pistol Packin' Mama, Don't Fence Me In, I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance, and others ~ Crosby passed away in 1977
 
May 3, 1861 ~ Composer Anthony Philip Heinrich passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Most prominent pre-Civil War American composer, dubbed “Father Heinrich” ~ Heinrich was born in 1781